LIBERALLY rates the one to beat following her win at Bath, Houri looks sure to be involved but we're going to put Politeia forwards. Richard Hannon's filly hasn't really gone on from a promising reappearance but that was the only time that she has been partnered by Richard Hughes and we're hoping that his return to the saddle, coupled with the fitting of a visor, can bring about a return to form. She has been making late headway in recent contests without ever threatening the principals but it does suggest that all may not yet be lost. Houri has posted some consistent efforts but the handicapper has seen fit to raise her by another 2lbs which makes her chance of gaining a second career success all that harder. She's vulnerable to progressive rivals and Liberally fits that bill having hacked up last time. The ground is likely to be quicker here and she has an extra quarter of a mile to travel but is related to a mile and a half winner as well as Guineas heroine Speciosa. Ballora, Drum Major, Desert Thistle and Flam are all others that flitted across our radar but Politeia is the one selected to hit the target. (Ian Ogg)
Houri (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Tracked leader on inside, led just over 3f out, no extra when headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Miss Rochester (9-1) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Ballora (FR) 5-2 (8-12) Took keen hold tracking leaders, pushed along 3f out, went moderate 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Stalking Shadow (9-2) at Salisbury 1m 3yo hcp (4) gs.
Liberally (IRE) 14-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, readily, won at Bath 1m fll hcp (5) gs beating Jollyhockeysticks (9-2) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
Desert Thistle (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Held up, ridden over 2f out, no progress, soon outpaced, 6th of 9, 8l behind Kingdom of Fife (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp (4) gs.
Title Role 8-1 (9-7) Led after 1f, ridden 3f out, headed over 2f out, kept on until weakened final furlong, 6th of 11, 9l behind Fair Gale (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp (5) pol in Jul.
Flam 11-2 (8-11) In touch, ridden and slightly outpaced over 2f out, kept on to take 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 8l behind Snowed Under (9-8) at Leicester 1m 2f hcap (4) gf in Jul.
Drum Major (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Always towards rear, no chance final 2f, 8th of 11, 9l behind Ascot Lime (8-11) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp (3) gd.
Clovis 7-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride and always behind, last of 10, 17l behind Tuanku (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Stage Acclaim (IRE) 10-3 (9-1) Chased leader, ridden 2f out, every chance over 1f out, not quicken final furlong, 4th of 6, 2l behind Oriental Girl (8-10) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp (5) gs.
Politeia (USA) 10-1 (9-2) Mid-division until dropped rear after 2f, ridden when switched to centre entering straight, finished strongly from over 1f out, not reach leaders, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Vilna (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp (5) pol in Jul.
Eseej (USA) 66-1 (9-3) Pulled hard in touch, driven along 3f out, soon outpaced, 5th of 8, 8l behind King Olav (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) pol.
Seventh Hill 15-2 (8-13) Held up in rear, steady headway on outside over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, closed steadily throughout final furlong, just held, 2nd of 10, nk behind Tuanku (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Harting Hill 7-1 (8-3) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, no chance with winner and lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Bushy Dell (8-6) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp (5) pol.